At the June 29 North America Leaders Summer (NALS), President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau, and President Peña Nieto affirmed the importance of an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure Internet to our collective prosperity and security. They highlighted the importance of cybersecurity collaboration between the United States, Canada, and Mexico and agreed to steps to strengthen ongoing collaboration, including cooperation with the commercial sector. The linkages between Canada, Mexico, and the United States are significant, particularly with respect to commercial exchanges throughout North America. Recent talks between the three countries have covered issues ranging from incident response to cybersecurity of critical infrastructure protection and assisting small businesses, setting the stage for enhanced trilateral cooperation.
In order to explore these topics and other opportunities for engagement, New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative, in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security; Public Safety and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada; the Mexican Federal Police; and the Mexican Ministry of the Economy, will host a conversation with industry about how North Americans can work together to improve cybersecurity for all. These discussions will facilitate opportunities for North American public and private leadership to engage in dialogue and encourage cooperation across industry sectors and with government policy-makers.
U.S. Department of Commerce
Panel 1: Public-Private Cooperation in Incident Response
How can governments and the private sector work together to enhance current incident response collaboration mechanisms and what are the necessary next steps?
Policy Analyst, New America
Assistant Vice President, AT&T
Director of National Security, CenturyLink
Arturo Gomez Garcia
Inspector, Mexican Federal Police
Director, CDN Cyber Incident Response Centre, Public Safety Canada
Acting Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
Panel 2: Engaging with Small and Medium Enterprise
What challenges do small businesses face in cybersecurity, particularly when doing business internationally? How can our governments and industry engage with SMEs to promote good cybersecurity practices?
Chair, IT Sector Coordinating Council
Alfredo Reyes Krafft
Chairman, Lex Informatica
Executive VP, Mexican Internet Association
Terri L. Williams
Director, Small Business Development Center's Procurement Technical Assistance Center at University of Texas San Antonio
J. Paul Haynes
Panel 3: Cybersecurity Policies in a Global Economy
Can policies be developed and implemented that provide for better cybersecurity without inhibiting cross-border supply chains, for example, by allowing business to be confident that their international operations and intellectual property are secure, cybercrime is prosecuted, and that component parts produced abroad meet cybersecurity standards?
President, Rideau Potomac Strategy Group
Non-Resident Fellow, Stimson Center
Senior Policy Advisor Co-Chair, Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight LLP
Director of Industry Projects, SL Global Energy
James C. Wilson
Senior Legal Counsel, Blackberry